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My favorite piece of gear...so far

Discussion in 'Recording' started by try2break, Aug 15, 2001.

  1. try2break

    try2break Guest

    What is your favorite piece of recording equipment? If judging by specs alone, it is probably your HD recorder, or ADAT. Or if you are fortunate enuff, your Analog Multitrack. Maybe it's your new Neumann or BLUE mic. Whatever it is, that is strickly technically speacking. If you were to judge by its results so far you might be surprised by your choice. The piece of gear to win that distiguished honor in my collevtion is a $70 Tascam Ministudio Porta02 cassette 4 track. I got it for $50 at Guitar Center. It was a demo model, but in excellent condition. But with no power supply. So I had to fork over another $20 for an AC adapter. I take it to every jam I play. It only records 2 tracks at a time, so Mic placement is critical. And there is no EQ. Let's face it; I wouldn't use it even if it were there. And there isn't even a way to bounce tracks internally. So at most you get 2 live tracks and 2 overdubs. It forces me to get creative. And it also forces me to get good base tracks. After I get it back home I have the luxury of a DAW with unlimited tracks to work with if I need to, but I can never seem to top the performance and excitement of those low quality tracks.
     
  2. Ken Weeks

    Ken Weeks Guest

    You mean what's my favorite this week? :roll:

    My Avalon U5 is my current fave. I bought it used from a rec.audio.pro posting (thanks, Carpedonut!) mainly as a bass DI but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

    I had a really fine electric fiddle player in here for some overdubs a few weeks ago. Instead of putting phones on him I just ran the output of his multi-function pedal through the U5 and let him monitor through my nearfields. After a few minutes of tone-tweeking with the Avalon's EQ he nailed the first take on both songs. The performance was inspired - he LOVED working without those damn headphones! And I love a session that consists of 1 hour of set-up and recording, followed by several hours of toasting our success. :c:
     
  3. A tie between one of my oldest tools--a banged-up, currently clip-less Sennheiser 441 mic that I keep falling in love with again like a good spouse--and one of my newest--my Buzz MA2.2 mic preamp that just sounds so danged sweet and open on everything. The nice part is that the two of them work particularly well together (the 441 needs a lot of clean, quiet gain, and the Buzz is good at that).

    Brian
     
  4. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

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    Interesting question. hmmm...

    hmmm...

    I'm so irritated with my mixer right now it's hard to say...

    Two things-

    1) the combination of my Langevin Dual Vocal Combo and an SM57, and

    2) the large diaprhagm, figure 8 head for the AKG C451 body (CK22?)- best room mic I've heard so far.
     
  5. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

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    One last point- I do not ever, under any circumstances, see my answer to this question being something computer related. :)
     
  6. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

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    Originally posted by try2break:
    What is your favorite piece of recording equipment?

    The highly talented people which I have been blessed the opportunity to work for and with.

    The excellent songs which enable the existence of my career (sitting on my butt listening to music all day long).

    The dual sonic input devices, diametrically situated perpendicular to the sagittal plane of my cranium for both low latency and maximum signal differential.

    Everything else is just a toy.
     
  7. Mindsender

    Mindsender Guest

    PERFECTION:
    "The dual sonic input devices, diametrically situated perpendicular to the sagittal plane of my cranium for both low latency and maximum signal differential."
    That's as good as it gets. My favorite piece of equiptment lies (lays, whatever..)further south. I pick with it, it's a sucker for a downbeat, and it's the consumate analog expander (mono version only, but easily multi-tracked with patience).
    Then.. there's my Neuman M149 mike. I love that.. like a distant relative. Doesn't make a peep without Avalon2022 pre. What a pair. Paul
     
  8. Tymish

    Tymish Guest

    SM57, is there anything you haven't used one for?
     
  9. Dave McNair

    Dave McNair Active Member

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    The Line 6 delay modeling pedal. Cheap and VERY useful. My favorite combination.
     
  10. Absoulute

    Absoulute Guest

    My SM-57 and Waves Gold 3 FX pkg,I don't know what I would do without them! (sniffle,sniffle)
     
  11. Teacher

    Teacher Guest

    i'd have to say my 7 sonic timeworks plug ins...the reverb & compression are great as well as the eq
     
  12. bluebass

    bluebass Guest

    My Pendulum MDP-1! From mic's to direct to sending my whole mix through it... so far, it's my fav!

    Tim L
     
  13. RandomGuest

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    I would have to say my racked 4 x channels of Hellios mic pre / eq. The mobile recording truck they were cut from recorded:

    The Who "live at Leeds"
    2 x Led Zep albums
    2 x Bad Company albums
    Started the recordings on Quadraphenia

    Add to it that, that it was the same model used by the Stones in the 70's and I am in heaven.... Cost me $2,250

    :)

    Jules
     
  14. Originally posted by Jon Best:
    Interesting question. hmmm...

    hmmm...


    1) the combination of my Langevin Dual Vocal Combo and an SM57, and


    Hey, Jon. Don't let Mike hear you say that. After all the Langevin is only capable of "passing signal". You mean to tell me it sounds good too?

    Wow, who would have thought. :D
     
  15. pan

    pan Guest

    For years now my favourite recording gear is my ears. This pair is so astonishing natural sounding with tight bottom and crisp ;) top. I will never do another recording without them. Check it out!

    Niko
     
  16. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

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    Originally posted by mp@soundtechrecording.com:


    Hey, Jon. Don't let Mike hear you say that. After all the Langevin is only capable of "passing signal". You mean to tell me it sounds good too?

    Wow, who would have thought. :D


    Well, *ahem,* of course, we make allowances for the fact that it's new..., er, I _really_ meant it's OK once you gut it and insert V72's...
     
  17. drumsound

    drumsound Active Member

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    Originally posted by Jon Best:
    One last point- I do not ever, under any circumstances, see my answer to this question being something computer related. :)

    AMEN! Brother Jon
     

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